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Daniel Yost began as a sports writer in Portland, Oregon, and thought that was his calling for life. Five years later, he transitioned to freelance journalism. After a while, he took a shot at novel writing. When that didn’t work, he went to Hollywood and found his true calling, writing and eventually directing motion pictures (see www.cascadeskyfilms.com). One film stands out. Drugstore Cowboy, which he co-wrote, and which won the Independent Spirit Award for its screenplay and also best screenplay of the year by the New York and Los Angeles film critics, the National Society of Film Critics and PEN West International.
Drugstore Cowboy was first a novel, written behind bars by the late James Fogle, a gentle spirit with a wry, perceptive view of human nature who also happened to be a habitual drug thief when out of prison. Yost rewrote the novel (uncredited), established a long-standing correspondence and friendship with Fogle, and helped get the novel published and the film made.
Now, finally, comes the sequel, which Yost swore he’d never consider. But he woke up one morning with an idea he couldn’t refuse. Hey, when the universe tosses you a gift (which doesn’t often happen), what are you supposed to do? If that gift triggers the imagination, only a fool tosses it back.
NEVER FOUL A JUMP SHOOTER, A Guide To Basketball Lingo, Lessons and Laughs began as the author having fun with a few quirky basketball expressions, such as “penetrate and dish” and “a foul waiting to happen.” But then it just kept growing into a humorous look at wonderfully colorful basketball expressions.